Turkish Airlines Launches New Service to Denver

A display boarding pass for new Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Denver service.
Photo Credit: Denver International Airport

Turkish Airlines announced a new chapter for Denver International Airport (DEN) with nonstop flights to Istanbul International Airport (IST).

Starting June 11, 2024, this marks the first-ever direct connection between these two vibrant cities.

First Service Denver to Istanbul

Travelers in the Mile High City will soon have a new option for reaching Istanbul, Turkey. This marks a significant development for Denver, as it establishes the first-ever direct air link between the city and Istanbul.

Passengers can now look forward to exploring the rich tapestry of Istanbul, from its ancient historical sites like the Grand Bazaar to its vibrant modern neighborhoods brimming with culinary delights, music, and entertainment.

The addition of Turkish Airlines strengthens Denver’s position as a global aviation hub. This new service will be the 26th airline to operate at DEN and will initially operate three times per week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Flights will be operated by a modern Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a capacity of 316 passengers. A fourth weekly flight on Sundays will be added in early July.

A Turkish Airlines A350 climbs after takeoff
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Turkish Airlines 14th US Destination

Denver becomes the 14th U.S. destination served by Turkish Airlines, reflecting the airline’s commitment to connecting North American travelers with Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Turkish Airlines boasts the most extensive global network from its Istanbul hub.

“This new service represents a significant milestone for Denver, not only for travelers but also for the economy,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington.

Analysis by DEN estimates that the new Turkish Airlines service will generate more than $54 million annually for the Colorado economy and create approximately 350 new jobs.

Passengers at DEN will now have nonstop access to 31 destinations in 17 countries, including eight destinations across Europe.

Photo Credit: Denver International Airport

Meeting Growing Demand

Industry data reveals a 50% surge in passenger demand between Denver and Istanbul since 2019. These new flights are expected to further stimulate travel for business, tourism, medical visits, and educational exchanges.

Governor Jared Polis of Colorado sees this as an opportunity to strengthen ties with Turkey. “The new flight will connect Coloradans to not only Turkey but also Central Asia and Eastern Europe,” he said.

“It will also boost Colorado’s international trade and provide greater access to our state’s stunning natural beauty.”

Longest Flight from DEN

At a distance of 6,130 miles, the Turkish Airlines Denver-Istanbul flight will be the longest flight departing from DEN. It surpasses the existing service to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport by nearly 400 miles.

Flights will depart Denver at 7:35 p.m. and arrive in Istanbul at 4:15 p.m. the following day. Return flights from Istanbul will depart at 1:55 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 5:40 p.m.

Turkish Airlines is committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience. Passengers can look forward to a new menu of gourmet dishes prepared onboard by the airline’s Flying Chefs.

Business Class passengers can unwind in luxurious full-flat seats, enjoy in-flight entertainment systems, and receive travel amenity kits.

Additionally, the airline offers a Stopover Accommodation Service for passengers connecting from select U.S. destinations, providing complimentary hotel stays for two nights in Economy Class and three nights in Business Class.


The addition of Turkish Airlines strengthens DEN’s Star Alliance network, joining existing members Air Canada, Copa, Lufthansa, and United.

This development reflects Denver’s ongoing efforts to secure new airlines and global destinations, ultimately bringing the world closer to Colorado.

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